Here are some random facts when thinking about changing your career. It provides trends that give you the direction of jobs that are popular now, but will fade into oblivion within the next 2 to 10 years. Alternatively, some jobs are accelerating faster than the supply of talent. Still other jobs require skills and knowledge that we can only guess, and at present are not prepared. Where is it all going? As we say: Knowledge is power. Here’s just a sampling:
- Some car manufactures are phasing out gas vehicles, replacing them with electric cars. Gas engines have thousands of parts. Electrical motors have only about 20. What that means is gas cars, gas pumps, service stations and many car mechanics will be eliminated.
- Gasoline producing companies (exploration, drilling, production, processing and distribution) will also be significantly diminished.
- Airbnb doesn’t own any real estate, yet it’s a large “hotel” organization globally
- Brick and mortar retail locations are closing, while on-line shopping is increasing. Free delivery of orders improves the convenience of an on-line purchase
- Computers, cell and smart phones keep getting out-of-date with newer models. There is currently technology that takes your mental questions, then answers them displayed on a screen
- Four million retail salespeople in the U.S. make about $25,000 a year, with computer skills that have increased 22% in 10 years: Inventory, check-out systems, and shelf-scanning
- With an increase in the aging population, personal health care nurses and aides are in short supply, but their level of digital skills have increased over 150% in the last decade
- Medical Assistants need 25% more computer and tech skills than they did in 2009
- Technical skills for software developers have not changed very much over the past 10 years. However, the demand for open positions have far outstripped the supply
- The cost to train/re-train the workforce is a multi-billion-dollar problem. Large companies are better positioned for the task, while smaller companies will have a competitive disadvantage.
So, what does all of this have to do with you.? If you haven’t figured it out yet, you’re already behind the curve. In the coming years you’ll be affected by transformations in your industry, company and profession; a fluctuating economy; life-style changes; social and political confusion; mergers, acquisitions, new competitors and failed business, plus many other unforeseen events. Look what chaos the coronavirus has caused over the past year.
The rate, content and implications of change is accelerating, while our ability to understand, manage and apply that change to the benefit of our lives, have not. Get ahead of the curve whenever you can through a new degree, certification, application, system, or special training or development in your field of expertise. Become an expert in something.
Seek information that tracks trends and needs over the next 5 to 10 years generally, and in your job category specifically. Find out what the future may bring. Prepare yourself before the winds of change overwhelm you.
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